The ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources has declared a level four drought on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Dry conditions mean levels of stream and rivers in the area are dropping at an alarming rate.
With the dry conditions, the new drought level is urging people to cut back on their water usage in order to slow the decline of the waterway levels.
The ministry warns further declines could lead to water shortages affecting people, businesses, farms, wildlife, and fish stocks.
Fishing on all streams and rivers on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands is now suspended with the exception of the Big Qualicum and Quinsam rivers.
Officials are keeping an eye on the situation on the islands and around BC and could take further steps.